Waste Not

attempting to waste less and live more deliberately

Starting Small, Apartment Gardening

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Living in a small space can leave one feeling a bit limited in regards to growing an edible garden. However, there are many people making do! This front lawn transformation is what finally inspired us to give it a try! http://www.viralnova.com/lawn-garden/


ImageSomeone out there can turn something like this….


into THIS…


Working with Your Space

Before ordering a boat load of seeds or heading off to the local nursery, it is important to take a good look at your space. Answering these questions should help you get started:

Where do I live?

When will I be planting?

Will I be planting in the ground or in containers?

What soil type do I have?

What sun exposure do I have?

How will I handle watering?

Here are some links to help you answer those questions and get that garden started!

USDA Planting Zones: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/how-to-use-the-usdas-planting-zone-map

Growing Calendar (just enter your zip code):



Sun Exposure: http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/qt/SunExposure.htm

Soil: http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/understanding-soil/pictures/index.html?i=1

Small Space: http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetables/a/SmVegGarden.htm

Note: Don’t be intimidated! It is perfectly acceptable, if not full on admirable to just jump in a get your hands dirty!  I am a huge fan of learning by doing, it’s my favorite method!


Our Space

One small porch.

3-4 hours of sunlight.

Our Plants

Partial Sun/Partial Shade loving plants in containers.

ImageFour planters hanging on our railing helped us maximize sun exposure.

ImageButterhead Lettuce before thinning.


Arugula and Chard


Rather than composting, we chose to replant our organic green onion bulbs from the grocery store! As you can see there’s about an inch of new growth already!


Starting some Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cat Grass, and Catnip!


“did you say catnip?”


“did you say cat grass?”


What we are growing:




Butterhead Lettuce

Green Onions (great for miso soup!)



Bok Choy

Cat Grass and Catnip (for the kitties)

There are few moments better than when you find a seedling has emerged from the soil. We look forward to saving several bucks every time we need fresh herbs, avoiding a few trips to the grocery store, cutting back on packaging, and eating with the peace of mind that we know exactly how our food was grown and where it came from.

It’s a small start, but we look forward to watching it grow into something great! And hey, it’s more than we had before!

ImageCheers! Here is to dreaming of our future farm ☺

♥ ali


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